Sunday Rant – 0319

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Joe’s Comment – I spent the day outdoors in slightly above zero Celsius temperatures, working around the yard and on various vehicles.
After today, the above applies entirely to me with the following modification – my mind thinks I’m 14 years old most of the time.
A smart ass comment, all good and well until you actually do try to work…..
Good doG!
Things became more and more insurmountable as the day wore on.
I dragged my sorry butt to bed early tonight.

 

Communication
I have difficulty speaking English.
Joe doesn’t worry about it: he and I are simpatico.  He lets me do the talking.
And so it goes.
Or we did go, until we saw this video.
Can you imagine our excitement at learning the Star Trek Universal Translator is a reality?
Will now we fluently be talk like to stranger!
As the caption says, “Top 5 Best Translator Device You Never Seen Before”:

Joe, the eternal pessimist and coyote (prankster) can hardly wait to save up enough money for two or more of these babies.
Joe figures to select a pair of languages (English and ???), speak the English, then leave two (or more???) translators in a room together to have a discussion.
We gonna talk the talk…..

 

Manly Manliness
Joe and I laugh loudly.
The Gillette ad admonishing abhorrent behaviour by men clumsily (maybe intentionally?) painted all men with the same brush.
The behaviour identified as reprehensible is NOT MANLY MANLINESS.
The preaching addresses the choir, not the reprobates who do the dastardly deeds.
Those be dumb shits; a subject for another day.
Here, let Paul Joseph Watson do some ‘splainin’:

In a companion piece, young Mr. Watson gets right to the point of the spear: words are cheap; reality bites hard.
Once again Joe reminds me to quote Ayn Rand for effect: “You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality”.
Once again, Paul Joseph Watson will explain:

What is the take-away?
Real Men™ take care of themselves, their families, their communities.  If that means taking risks and doing dangerous tasks, so be it.
Having Milk of Magnesia words and Pepto Bismol solutions proffered as the true path will not resist the onslaught of the real world.
As Joe says, “just ’cause you say it don’t make it true”.
‘Nuff said.

 

John Stossel
Mr. Stossel has a thoughtful response to the government shutdown:

 

Patriotic Passion
Don’t this beat all.
A tiny 7 year old girl with a voice from Heaven and passion to sing it right:

Tell me, wise ones, where is the passion in Canadian anthems?
Joe and I don’t feel it.
This little lady, Malea Emma, has more fire in her tiny voice than Joe and me times ten.
This is the opening ceremony for a soccer match.
Good grief……

 

Joe’s Garage

Mother of All Pipes
Seems like the innovation and ingenuity of Western technology have no bounds.
This “pipe” is a main component for a petrochemical processing plant.  As the video description says, “Occurred on January 6, 2019 / Edmonton, Alberta, Canada “This 820-tonne, 13-meter-tall, 96-meter-long piece of petrochemical development equipment, called a splitter, is heavier than Caterpillar’s largest mining truck which is used in the oilsands and six times as large. The splitter left Dacro yard on 91st St. and 51st Ave. in Edmonton, AB at approximately 9:15 pm on January 6, 2019. It is expected to take four days to arrive at its destination just north of Fort Saskatchewan, AB. Mammoet Canada is the haul specialists.””
Joe says those articulating manned and self-powered bogies are truly amazing.
We tried to count the number of axles under each bogie.  We came up with 25 dual wheel axles.  Your sum may differ.
Fantastic!:

Long Life Tips
Joe and I are in the tie year with our father.
He died at 70 years.
Last year (2018) at our annual check-up with Dr. Boucher just before our birthday (in BC you must have a medical every year for a class 1 driving license after the age of 65 years) his advice to we was lose some weight get the blood pressure down and that damn cholesterol.
Not wanting to go out with a tie, and definitely wanting to see our grandchildren mature, we took his advice to heart.
It is time to book our annual medical, preferably mid-February.
Our weight is down 45 pounds.
Our blood pressure is 118 / 79, pulse 76.
We don’t worry about cholesterol (thanks to Dr. Kary Mullis).
Our carnivore diet continues.
We stopped drinking alcohol.
All was well, so we thought, until we stumbled onto this little bit of wisdom –

Want To Live Longer? Make Sure You’re A Fat, Coffee Drinking Alcoholic By Your 70s

What?
WTF?
Among other observations are the following –
Researchers from The 90+ Study have published many scientific papers in premier journals.  Some of the major findings are:
–  People who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained.
–  People who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.
Damn!
Joe said to turn back, it’s a trap!, but I wouldn’t listen.
Our saving grace is we’re still not skinny, and we’re definitely not adverse to a drink or two.
Maybe we’ll see 71 yet…..

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Joe’s Comment – Elation is a precious common value no matter which species….
Inspiration for a mild but gloomy January.

 

Changing the Guard
Joe can’t add much to this.
Nor can I.
If the bloke in the street doesn’t see a difference, what is the chance of sanity?

Prager U – Diversity / Affirmative Action
This trend is startling.
And deadly.
The entire BS of diversity is bordering on cultural suicide.
WTF happened to meritocratic selection?
This aberration of thought from the post modern cuckoo brain trust is now forcing diversity consideration as a candidate’s requirement in STEM fields.
Really?
You no longer want the most qualified possible candidate for the position?
You DO want a woman or a black or an Hispanic as the primary category for selection?
Who really gives two shits whether women’s studies or cultural studies or lesbian studies are populated via this cockamamie criteria.  None of those “studies” (not disciplines) affects a doG damn thing in the average person’s life.
You want a bridge designed by an average student who’s most glowing endorsement is being an Hispanic woman with bisexual tendencies?
Joe invites the so-called intelligentsia, the SJW army swarming the post secondary institutions, the “movers and shakers” to go fuck yourself.
We shall now calm down, and let Heather MacDonald do some ‘splainin’:

 

A Wall, Please
Jared Taylor is the spokesman for American Renaissance.
Many progressives believe Jared Taylor and American Renaissance are racist.
Joe and I differ in our appraisal.
Whatever you believe JT and AR represent, we can attest that the information that you find on their website and their YoubeTube channel is accurate.
This video analyses national borders around the world, and some data re: how effective wall vs no wall actually measures up:

 

Ben Shapiro Interviews Mike Rowe
Joe and I are fans of both of these men.
Ben for his incredible intellect (not so much his wisdom…. yet).
Mike Rowe for his passion for the blue collar people who built North America.
A great one hour discussion:

 

Israelis As Indigenous People
Joe and I remember a gym class in high school that was loosely based on dancing with the other gender.
The whole concept wouldn’t fly in today’s world.
In our high school years the idea of a dance class where the men danced with other men would have mortified us guys (for the most part).
Joe and I can’t remember ANY of our fellow students who were “gay” (using the queer definition) nor anyone we suspected of being light in their loafers.
There were two male teachers the student body nicknamed Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum.  Whether or no they were actively homosexual Joe and I never knew, don’t know, and couldn’t care less, then or now.
But we digress.
During those most embarrassing dance classes (we desperately wanted to dance with certain of the female students, but our shyness was monumental, and the anxiety level so high that our sweat gland dials were set to perpetual fountain), we remember one song that was used.
This swingin’ version by Ray Anthony’s band, featuring Jo Ann Greer is the popular version from the Way Back Machine®.
Joe and I were so traumatized by the idea of dancing with the young ladies that (believe it or not) we don’t remember the exact version played in gym class, but this version will give you the general concept:

What the hell does this have to do with Israel, Israelis, and the entire pressure cooker of the Middle East?
Glad you asked.
I read Leon Uris’ novel Exodus as a young impressionable teenage me.  Joe read along, wondering where the mechanical story line might cross the romantic.  In those years Joe professed an uninterest in the female gender.  It was a lie.
We, Joe and I, fell in love with the Jewish people and their struggle for autonomy on the reading.
We met some Jewish couples over our time on earth.  Our good fortune was to meet intelligent happy well adjusted people of our own age.  We are biased.
You, dear reader, will then understand our confusion when we read about anti-Semitic groups hating Jews, despising Israel.  We especially balk at national constitutions and (so-called) religious edicts calling for the destruction of the Jewish people, and the state of Israel.
Some of these self-same folks (as a group) once cheered on the struggling new-born state of Israel and the brave determined heroic people planting their flag on a small mostly barren land of desert and heat.
Joe and I don’t understand.
Thanks mightily to Dave Morrison of Blue Collar Logic for making sense of the on-again, off-again, left-foot-in, left-foot-out, hokey-pokey bullshit progressive think behind the entire post modern oppressor / oppressed slight of hand:

 

Conrad Black
Joe and I appreciate the prose of Mr. Black.
Especially when he is eviscerating the Democratic leadership.
A well written analysis of current American politics here.

 

Joe’s Garage

Strong, Stronger, Strongest
An informative video listing the 25 hardest / strongest substances known:

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Joe’s Comment – So many problems, so little time.  How do I spend my hours?
You got it.  Pondering the meaningless.  Researching the obscure.  Pontificating endlessly about absolutely insignificant minutia.  Day and night.
And feeling damn spunky about it!

 

A New Year
Out with the old.
A new beginning, a new chance, an awakening.
A coming back to life:

And a new set of hopes.
A large set – to the power.
Very high hopes:

Bring on 2019.
Take your best shot.
Joe and I are ready.

 

Prager U
As New Year’s resolutions go, historian Andrew Roberts has a fresh perspective.
If he could have any retro wish, he wishes there was no World War I.
His perception is: without WWI there would have been no WWII, no Russian revolution, no cold war, no millions upon millions dead.
An interesting “what if” thought experiment:

 

Almost Capitalism
The blog “SlowFacts” has an interesting article that caught our eye(s) titled “Almost-Socialism Is Deadly, While Almost-Capitalism Feeds the World“.
I (and Joe) have been searching for the words for years to explain the “why” while simultaneously and precisely detailing  the “what”.
We have settled on the expression “theoretical Libertarians” as a general description of our political weltanschauung (the “what”), while imprecisely identifying the shortcomings which require the modifier “theoretical” (the “why”).
Mr. Rob Morse nailed it with one sentence: “Your ideal system is a failure if it has to be staffed with angels“.
Q.E.D. – Joe and I smiled biggly.
We have been dancing around this fact with our own limited brand of prose for years, but never getting so clear yet so exact with so few words.
Not satisfied, Mr. Morse does a quantum level improvement in clarity with the very next sentence in the article: “In fact, the best economic system not only withstands corruption but minimizes the harm caused by corruption.”
And therein lies the diamond in the dross, the lodestone of reality, the foundational fact.
As Jordan B. Peterson states about Post Modernism, it is true there are an infinite number of interpretations of the world, but there are only a limited number of feasible, objective, successful paths.
Human behavior is heterogeneous.
We humans come in all flavors, sizes, ages, and degrees of lunatic.
Ergo, the actions and behavior of each human will not be predictable: instead of a single action or behavior there will be a scatter-shot of actions and behaviors across a broad spectrum of possibilities.
Now listen to the analysis by Stefan Molyneaux of a published criticism of IQ by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and what it all means:

This is an excellent analysis.  Stefan’s smugness and laughter notwithstanding….
Some of the comments below the video are thought provoking and on target.
Joe and I are in accord with his comments about the influence of the European culture, the type of civilization developed by the West, and the relation of IQ (and it’s companion, G Factor) to this amazingly stable, productive, wealthy and wealth generating society.
When you dilute a society by adding people from a different (possibly antithetical) culture, at what ratio is the original society irreparably changed?
Joe suspects the gamut of observations will be from 1 to infinity.
Time will tell if the West will prevail.
In the mean time, Joe and I will watch, ask questions, try to think clearly, and hang on tight.

 

Government Shutdown
As of New Year’s Day 2019, the American government is still shut down.
But,  against all odds, (as Gomer Pile says)

the World© DID NOT END!
Joe did some research.  The American government shutdown history here.
Joe did some more research, and found a statement by Eatgrueldog from January 2018 that resonates –
Gov’t. shutdown in 3, 2, 1….
Yes, please fucking do
And BTW, you should stay that way
We would all be a lot better off
You bunch of assholes could meet at a motel 6 a couple of times a year  instead of DC to actually do the things that are needed by the people you claim to serve
You are nothing but a lot of self serving power mongers stuffing your pockets at the expense of the real America
Go ahead and shut it down
Or better yet
Maybe we will tear it down
Go fuck your arrogant selves”
Joe observed that sounds about right.
Help us Jesu; humor mutes the pain / anger / frustration –
The Libertarian conundrum is Libertarianism will always be an admirable theory that can never be reality because….. human nature.
You might ponder what the heck (WTF for people on the edge) that has to do with Canada.
Don’t Joe and Dave live in Canada?
The reply is depends.  Yes, we live in Vernon BC.
Wait a minute, Spanky….
Is this REALLY Canada?
We ain’t no longer too sure about that there….
The shenanigans of the U.S. political body is mirrored (weakly and weekly) in our own parliament.
Don’t believe it?
Lots and lots of examples on YoubeTube of our Prime Minister and body politic acting as complete asses while citizens experience increasing duress.  Watch below.
The palace is infested with poor policy and SJW buffoonery:

 

Racism and Affirmative Action
There is no excuse.
Joe says you can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.
Rude, but direct.
If you are going to have a performance biased system, performance might have a slight influence in outcome, da?
And if it is so, wouldn’t the input also require bias toward performance?
An interesting expose of reverse discrimination against potential students applying at Harvard has precipitated a law suit.
An Asian student hopeful must score higher than a white, black, or Hispanic to gain entrance.
Harvard has gerrymandered the entrance qualification criteria.
Joe says that is genuine certified processed bull shit, and so do I.
If you can’t make the grade you don’t make the grade.  See if you agree:

Any person who is admitted in this environment must ask him or her self whether they are worthy.
Nice work, lefty progressive asswipes.  Your continuous efforts to engineer equal outcome invariably results in unexpected negative consequences which you refuse to be responsible or accountable to resolve.
Like we stated elsewhere in this rant, merit is paramount.
All other considerations are decoys.
The question Joe and I have is WTF is the supreme court doing making political dreams a reality?
In today’s topsy-turvy world, Joe and I are definitely racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic….. Hell.  We’re any “ist” or “ic” you find abhorrent!
Joe says wait a minute.
Are we?  Really?
As an example, when we selected a doctor, we did some due diligence to ensure who we chose was well regarded in the profession.  The doctor we chose was the choice of our previous doctor.
We didn’t know anything about him other than reputation and credentials.
Race / color / creed / religion / sex were NOT determining factors.
Competence and performance were the top criteria.
Same with our choice for other services and goods / material providers.
Our ex, Monica, makes the best damn Chinese food we’ve ever eaten.
Joe and I never once worried that she wasn’t Chinese, or demanded that she stop appropriating a culture not her own.
What we DID do was gobble as much honey chili chicken and spring rolls as we could.
Joe says we should now talk about Pygmies, Native Indigenous People, “folks of color”, women, queers, the terminally left-handed, and any  self identified minority group which demands special treatment.
Outside of those so mentally challenged or infirm or aged they cannot take care of themselves, the law and required behavior must be based on the smallest minority, the individual.
The purest diamond in the Western jewel box.

 

Pat Condell
Insightful, well presented, ascorbic as usual.
Mr. Condell is showing his age, but his spirit and humor are as undaunted as ever:

 

Joe’s Garage

Tesla
What’s right and what’s wrong with the Tesla battery car:

Thor Heavy Trucks
A young engineer named Dakota Semler and his business partner Giodano Sordoni have founded a company that produces class 8 (heavy transport) trucks.
Totally awesome!
Joe says if they have solved the energy storage equation (light capacious quick to charge CHEAP energy reservoir) this will be a paradigm shift for short haul heavy transport requirements.
For long haul / remote haul maybe not so much.
Joe says the cab bodywork is truly beautiful to behold:

Radial Engines
Ian Jimmerson has built a wooden model of a nine cylinder poppet valve radial engine.
Joe thinks this is better than sliced bread.  I wasn’t sure until Joe quizzed me and asked, well, how exactly do you cam a nine cylinder 4 stroke engine with 4 intake and 4 exhaust cam lobes?
I was at a loss until I watched these videos.
Mr. Jimmerson, you are amazing!:

Ford Trucks
Joe and I have owned or operated Ford, Chev, GMC, Dodge, and International Harvester light duty trucks.  Joe has wrenched all of them.
We are adamant Ford fans.
Why?
Here’s a short GIF that explains some of it –
The Ford in this picture looks to be an early ’70’s F150.  That chunk of trunk must outweigh the truck itself.
Joe reckons the truck was running.  The impact and rebound popped the transmission into gear (Joe assumes an automatic), and maybe put some pressure on the throttle lever (these old guys had rods not cable throttles).
Notice the truck started moving?  We speculate any other brand of ½ ton truck in those years would NOT have survived, let alone moved.
We have overloaded Ford trucks to the degree that we would have been sent to jail if we got stopped.
Tried it with the others.
No contest.

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